With the year coming to a close, and the election of 2014 behind us, you may be forgiven for thinking that our work is over for now. But our work doesn't end. The next year is just around the corner, and for an odd year, 2015 holds outsized importance. The election in November 2015 in Pennsylvania determines the fate of eight US House seats in 2022.
We must plan ahead to create the foundations for victory in the future. Every decade, we have a nationwide census, and congressional district lines must be redrawn to accommodate changes in population. Republicans plan their election strategy ten or more years into the future. We have not done that, and we have suffered as a result.
In the last redistricting after the census of 2010, Republicans took advantage of redistricting to draw the most lopsided congressional district map in the country in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania nominally leans Democratic; it hasn't voted for a Republican for president since 1988. But despite that, Pennsylvania sends a whopping 13 Republicans, and just 5 Democrats to the House of Representatives.
It's time to fight back. Due to the byzantine redistricting process, the key election to end this Republican gerrymandering is coming right up. In 2015, three seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court are up for election, and which party wins these seats next year will determine which party will control redistricting after the census of 2020.
Our plan is described in greater detail in the included newsletter. In addition, we have articles on the “Dapacratic Revolution”, the Supreme Court, the ongoing policing protests, our upcoming candidate boot camp, the recent diplomatic initiatives regarding Cuba, and updates on DAPAC-supported candidates who are now in office.
To help jump-start our efforts for the coming year, one of our longtime supporters has agreed to match all contributions, up to a total of $15 thousand, for the next few weeks. Any contribution you make before January 15th will have double the impact. Please donate here of whatever you can afford. Whatever you send today will be an investment for the years to come.
You may have heard that Democrats had a bad election this year. It may surprise you to hear that DAPAC Democrats did not have a bad year. It was a challenging year, but by and large, we rose to the challenge.
Every DAPAC Democrat running for reelection won. Two DAPAC Democrats won open seats in Congress. And DAPAC Democrat Tom Wolf, running in Pennsylvania, was the only Democrat to defeat a Republican incumbent governor this year. Not only that, but he's the first candidate of any party to defeat an incumbent governor in Pennsylvania history.
That's not bad at all. So how did we do it?
First off, we didn't shy away from what we believe in. DAPAC Democrats were not afraid to stand up for progressive ideals. DAPAC Democrats were forthright in defending the right to choose, defending the right to same-sex marriage, and defending our natural environment. Moreover, DAPAC Democrats pushed for a raise in the minimum wage, and pushed for wealthy Americans to pay their fair share in taxes.
Second, we've started on an effective get-out-the-vote campaign. Groups such as youth and Latinos are not in the habit of voting in midterm elections. We are working hard to get Democratic voters out to the polls, through proven methods of voter contact. We will not rest until every Democratic voter is voting in every election.
Moving forward, we plan to keep on doing what worked so well this year. But we have even higher ambitions. The economy continues to underperform for average Americans, and median incomes have gone nowhere in the past several years. We're putting forward a four point plan to bring the American economy back to life:
Lower taxes for the 90%, and higher taxes on the 0.1%
Raise the minimum wage
Free college tuition for everyone
Increase Social Security
You can find our latest newsletter, with details on who won and who lost. Also included are articles about Tom Wolf's win in Pennsylvania, the challenge of Latino voter turnout, and how the Senate filibuster impedes progressive policy.
We are succeeding. We are standing up for what we believe in, and we're getting voters out to the polls. We need your help to keep succeeding. This past election is over, but the next election is just over the horizon. Our work to elect DAPAC Democrats never ends. Please donate now, or whatever you can afford. We couldn't do it without you. Please send your donation today.
DAPAC supports progressive Congressional challengers. That's our mission; that's our passion. We interview dozens of candidates from around the country and talk to them not only about what kind of race they are going to run, but what kind of policies they favor. We screen every candidate to see where they stand on the issues that matter most.
We only endorse progressive candidates. When you give to DAPAC you know that these are the kinds of men and women you are helping to elect to Congress.
All our candidates:
- are 100% Pro-Choice.
- support stronger GBLT rights.
- support working family and union rights.
- support honest and Democratic markets and businesses.
- support publicly funded universal healthcare.
- support strong environmental protection.
- oppose the Patriot Act.
- oppose the Iraq War.
- oppose the Death Penalty.
DAPAC is working to rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up - to support strong candidates who will give voice to the issues that matter most.
Endorsed Candidates for 2014
Bruce Braley, Iowa www.brucebraley.com
Jeff Merkley, Oregon http://www.jeffmerkley.com/
Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania http://joesestak.com/
House of Representative:
Pete Aguilar, CA-31 http://www.peteaguilar.com/
Will Bronson, FL-17 www.bronson-for-congress.com
Jim Bryan, FL-01 jimbryanforcongress.org
Alan Cohn, FL-15 cohnforcongress2014.com
Dan Cramer, TN-07 http://www.dancramerforcongress.com/
Keith Ellison, FL-19 www.keithellison.org
April Freeman, FL-19 http://www.aprilfreeman.com/
Lawrence Gaughan, VA-05 gaughanforcongress.com
Luis Gutierrez, IL-04
Alan Grayson FL-08 congressmanwithguts.com
Mary Headrick, TN-03 http://www.maryheadrick.com/
Robin Kelly, IL-02 http://robinkellyforcongress.org/
Dave Koller, FL-11, http://www.davekoller.com/
Ted Lieu, CA-33 www.tedlieu.com
Michael McKenna, FL-10 www.mckennaforcongress.com
Gwen Moore, WI-04 http://www.gwenmooreforcongress.com/
Shaughnessy Naughton, PA-08 www.shaughnessyforcongress.com
Wes Neuman, FL-07 www.wesneuman.com
Andy Ostrowski, PA-11 andyostrowski.com
Tom Poetter, OH-08 www.poetterforcongress.com
Domenic Recchia, NY-11 www.recchiaforcongress.com
Gabriel Rothblath, FL-08 gabrielrothblattforcongress.us
Bobby Rush, IL-01
Sharon Sund, MN-03 www.votesharonsund.com
Marihelen Wheeler, FL-03 wheelerforflorida3.com
Rob Zerban, WI-01 http://www.robzerban.com/
Sandra Fluke, CA-26 www.standwithsandra.org
Josh Maxwell, PA-74 http://www.joshmaxwell.com/
Wendy Davis, Texas Governor www.wendydavistexas.com
Mark Schauer, Michigan Governor http://markschauer.com/
Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Governor www.wolfforpa.com
Candidate winners of 2012-2013
House of Representatives:
Alan Grayson FL-08 congressmanwithguts.com
Alan is running in a newly redrawn District which favors Democrats. He was defeated by a Tea Party wave in a much more conservative district. He is an aggressive outspoken liberal candidate who favors economic policies to support the 99% and good paying jobs.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01 www.michellelujangrisham.net
In her early law career she worked hard to protect and represent seniors' rights, so much so she was appointed Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services. She was also head of the New Mexico Department of Health where she helped to fight to make sure every child had access to primary health care.
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor http://www.billdeblasio.com/
Previous DAPAC Endorsed Candidates who have been elected to Congress
Bruce Braley, IA 1
Joe Courtney, CT 2
Martin Heinrich, NM 1
Jim Himes, CT 4
Paul Hodes, NH 2
Mary Jo Kilroy, OH 15
Gary Peters, MI 9
Chellie Pingree, ME 1
Jared Polis, CO 2
Allyson Schwartz, PA 13
Joe Sestak, PA 7
Chris Van Hollen, MD 8
John Yarmuth, KY 3